Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A real reporter writes a solid mystery about a fictional reporter who covers too many murders for his own good. Read a free sample of our eBook of the Day, Crime Beat, by Scott Nicholson, without leaving your browser!

Some reporters have a "nose for news" and seem to turn up wherever news is breaking right before their eyes or soon after.  But if a reporter keeps appearing at the scenes of murders, the police do start to wonder.  Author Scott Nicholson lists "reporter" and "free lance editor" among his many "odd" jobs, and brings gritty realism to this murder mystery.

Here's the set-up:

When John Moretz takes a job as a reporter in the Appalachian town of Sycamore Shade, a crime wave erupts that boosts circulation and leaves people uneasy. Then a murder victim is discovered, and Moretz is first on the scene.

As more bodies turn up, Moretz comes under police suspicion, but the newspaper's sales are booming due to his coverage of sensational crime. His editor is torn between calling off his newshound and cashing in on the attention, plus the editor is romancing the big-city reporter assigned to cover the suspected serial killer.

And Moretz seems to be one step ahead of the other reporters, the police, and even the killer himself.

CRIME BEAT is a 21,000-word novella, the equivalent of about 80 book pages. Also contains the bonus story "Do You Know Me Yet?" from HEAD CASES.

From the Author:

I live in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and much of my fiction is based on mountain legends, local haunted places, and strange events. I was inspired by my grandmother's storytelling, and have always written as long as I can remember.

My novels include the Kindle bestsellers Disintegration, The Red Church, Speed Dating with the Dead, and The Skull Ring, as well as eight other novels, including the urban fantasy Cursed! with J.R. Rain and the paranormal romance series October Girls. I've also created the comics Grave Conditions and DIRT and have written six screenplays, several of which are available on Kindle.

My web site has writing advice, fiction excerpts, art and samples from my comic books, my movie work, and numerous essays.  

Crime doesn't pay...but neither does journalism. DRM-free and 99 cents for a limited time.

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